Parents try to raise their children to do the right thing. They say things like, “because it’s the right thing to do”, or “we want to make it right” … “we want to do the right thing don’t we?” And sometimes even, “two wrongs don’t make it right!”.
The Bible says in Romans 3:10 (ESV) “as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;”
Doing the right thing will NOT necessarily make you or your child right in God’s eyes.
That does not mean that just because your child and you are saved that you stop doing the right thing. Salvation is not a license to do as you please and your children need to hear you say that. You never quit trying to do the right thing just because you’re ‘safe’. Remind them that God’s word says:
Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
There are those that think if they ‘make it right’, either by man’s law or society’s rules, then they are making it right with God. Make sure your children are taught by you what the Bible says about right and wrong, about making it right with God and others. Broke a law? Did the time, paid the fine? You still have to go to God and make it right and maybe those that were harmed by your actions. Do not fall into the world’s views and traps of “it’s OK, you tried to do the right thing.” Doing the ‘right thing’ will not automatically make you right with God. Paying man’s ‘dues’, fulfilling man’s laws, does not make you right with God. That is why we read His word and learn what He has to say about every aspect of our lives: Mental, Emotional, Physical and Spiritual. Do not take the ‘hearsay’ of the world on any issue. Dig into His word and find out for yourself.
You want to be RIGHT with God, not ‘right’ in the eyes of the world.